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William John Holmes Sutton

William John Holmes Sutton, taken in Maadi, Egypt, February 1940. - This image may be subject to copyright

William John Holmes Sutton, taken in Maadi, Egypt, February 1940. - This image may be subject to cop …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William John Holmes AWMM
  • Surname
    Sutton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    1275 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 November 1916 AWMM PihamaTaranaki AWMM
    Pihama, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 15 September 1939 AWMM Upper Tataenui, Marton, Wairarapa, New Zealand AWMM
    • Tutaenui, Marton, Rangitikei District Public - Prudence Ann - Child - 15 October 2017 - Oral and documented family history
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr W.H. Sutton (father), Upper Tataenui, Marton, Wairarapa, New Zealand AWMM
    • Upper Tuatenui, Marton, Rangitikei District Public - Prudence Ann - Child - 15 October 2017 - Oral and documented family history
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Western Desert AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
    • Cyrenaica AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    1275 AWMM
  • Military service
    6th Manawatu Mounted Rifles (4 years) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Hopu Hopu, Ngaruawahia (3 months) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 15 September 1939 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
    MartonRangitikei AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Injured 5 times. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to 18. ISS Naval Hospital, Alexandria & NZ Units Camp Hospitals, & 3NZGH. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 5 January 1940. The First Echelon of 2 NZEF (354 officers and 6175 other ranks) embarked for the Middle East in Empress of Canada, Strathaird, Orion and Rangitata at Wellington, and in Dunera and Sobieski at Lyttelton. After crossing the Tasman Sea the convoy was joined by the Australian transports Empress of Japan, Orcades, Otranto, Orford, and Strathnaver. The naval escorts comprised: between Wellington and Sydney, HMAS Canberra, HMAS Australia, HMS Ramillies and HMS Leander: Sydney-Fremantle, Canberra, Australia and Ramillies: Fremantle-Colombo, Ramillies, HMS Kent and the French cruiser Suffren: Colombo-Aden-Port Tewfik, Ramillies, HMS Sussex, HMAS Hobart, HMS Westcott and HMS Eagle. The convoy reached Fremantle on 20 January, Colombo on 30 January and Port Tewfik on 12 February. From 'CHRONOLOGY New Zealand in the War 1939-1946' Compiled by R Kay, 1968. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.176 AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
15 October 2017Prudence AnnOmokoroa, Tauranga New ZealandChild

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